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chant

[ chant, chahnt ]
/ tʃænt, tʃɑnt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to sing.
to utter a chant.

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Also Obsolete, chaunt [chawnt, chahnt] /tʃɔnt, tʃɑnt/ .

Origin of chant

First recorded in 1350–1400; (verb) Middle English chanten, from Middle French chanter, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere “to sing”; (noun) from French chant, from Latin cantus; see canto

OTHER WORDS FROM chant

chant·a·ble, adjectivechant·ing·ly, adverbhalf-chanted, adjectiveun·chant·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chant

chant
/ (tʃɑːnt) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of chant

chanting, noun, adjectivechantingly, adverb

Word Origin for chant

C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing
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